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Tier 4 tickets are now on SALE for #KC16!

Join us in the fields this summer for the eleventh edition of Kendal Calling in which we’ll be bringing amazing anthems, and huge hits to the fields with our four incredible headliners Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness and special Thursday night headliners The Charlatans.

Many more acts will be announced over the coming weeks including the Glow Tent, Calling Out, Chai Wallah and Woodlands plus much, much more including the real ale festival, cinema tent, gourmet food,Lost Eden and few new surprises along the way See the full line up so far here!

Tickets always sell out for the festival well in advance and for the first time Kendal Calling is not increasing it’s capacity so grab your ticket today so not to be disappointed and we’ll look forward to #seeingyouinthefields!

First artists revealed!


After last year’s big birthday bash we are back for an 11th year in the beautiful Lake District and we are SO excited to announce this year’s huge headliners!

DRUMROLL please….

We are feeling supersonic to announce that one of Manchester’s finest muso’s Noel Gallagher will be bringing his swag and festival-ready anthems to the fields with his High Flying Birds.

There is also a rumour mill going round that chart-topping drum and bass kings Rudimental will be bringing their party sets to Kendal Calling, and we thrilled to be able say these rumours are 100% true!

Madness you say! Well this year we are going BIG and what bigger way then to invite London legends Madness to bring their hit laden sets to the rolling hills of the Lake District. Celebrating 40 years since their formation, we can’t wait for these showmen to blast out tunes such as ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘One Step Beyond’. We prepared to have your singing voice at the ready!

Crashin’ In on their triumphant return a year ago with their landmark album ‘Modern Nature’, the Charlatans will be headlining the main stage on Thursday with their huge hits, plus Tim Burgess will be popping up over the weekend to deliver dj sets, mayhem and all manner of spontaneous happenings as the Tim Peaks Diner – a firm festival favourite – celebrates it’s 5th year at Kendal Calling..

Joining the headliners are Indie Rock sensation Catfish and the Bottlemen, quirky indie quartet Everything Everything, gritty three-piece Band Of Skulls, incendiary Swedish rock and rollers The Hives, Rock quartet The Darkness, post-punk Indie New Yorkers We Are Scientists, the smoky blues of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and filling the now customary hip hop legends slot the mighty Sugarhill Gang.

Can we get a rewind as over on the dance stage will be none other than returning man of the moment Craig David, living legend David Rodigan MBE and Radio 1 and XOYO resident Toddla T – just to name a few!

It is certainly shaping up to be a wonderful weekend in the fields! Keep your eyes peeled on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages as we’ll be announcing more acts in the coming weeks – exciting!

Full lineup so far HERE!

Tickets will be on sale TOMORROW at 9am via this link…

#seeyouinthefields Andy, Ben & the KC Team!

Award season, we need your help!


To finish the celebrations of our 10th Birthday, we are over the moon that Kendal Calling has been nominated at this year’s UK Festival Awards in the following categories! >>

  • Best Medium Festival
  • Best Family Festival
  • Best Toilets

Please help your festival celebrate in style by voting here >>

You could be in with the chance of winning a ‘Dream Summer’, 2 VIP festival tickets to every festival which wins an award simply by voting above!

Thank you all for another amazing year,

Andy, Ben & The KC team x

Tickets from £14.50 per month!


On the 1st of each month up until January we will be going onsale with a limited allocation of monthly payment plan tickets, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The below are full adult weekend ticket prices based on a per month payment, inclusive of booking fee.

See you in the fields in 2016! x

Thank you to all


Thank you to all you early birds buyers for showing your support for Kendal Calling 2016!

We’ve had more demand for tickets than ever and can’t wait to produce a show worthy of all you keen Kendal Callers!

Early Birds, and tier one are now sold out. Tier two is imminent, so grab the last few if you still have you pre sale code before the pre reg period closes.

Following customer queries we’d like to clarify the booking fee’s associated with the ticket types;

A standard booking fee of upto £8.50 is charged on all tickets purchased in full. This has remained the same for the last few years and not increased for 2016.

A booking fee of £15 is charged for the payment plan ticket service. This is to cover the additional costs associated with monthly bank transactions, in that there are multiple transactions over the year each incurring transaction & card processings fee’s. This fee is mainly charged by the card company/bank for the service of monthly instalments.

This is a cost which has been charged for this service each year but it appears the way that it has been presented has raised some concern about fees having dramatically risen.

We look forwards to seeing you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team


Pre-reg for 2016 tickets!


Registration for our pre sale for ‪#‎KC16‬ is now open!

Register HERE for exclusive access to earlybird tickets for next year’s Kendal Calling which will be held on the 28th – 31st July 2016.

One registered you will receive a code via email on the 28th of August with a link to purchase your tickets.

All tickets, including monthly payment plans will be onsale.

‪#‎seeyouinthefields‬ in 2016!

Thank you!


This weekend we celebrated ten years in the fields and it was incredible! Thanks to everybody who came, danced, enjoyed ‪#‎KC15‬ and supported us over the last ten years… What a birthday!

Here’s to the next ten…

‪#‎seeyouinthefields‬ in 2016


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Calling All Families


We’ve been working with the Arts Council England to increase the quality of family arts at our festival and through the North. Teaming up with Just So Festival and Ramsbottom festival we have created a network of events who are sharing ideas and supporting the touring of new pieces of family art.

As part of the process of reviewing the art and family offerings at Kendal Calling we are looking for a family to become an undercover agent and attend all three festivals, for free, and feed back about your experiences!

Please fill out the form here to express an interest >>

See you in the fields! x

Lets all work together to reduce plastic waste in the fields!


In a bid to phase out disposable water bottles over the next few years, we welcome United Utilities who will provide 1000’s of reusable water bottles to festivalgoers, dramatically decreasing plastic waste in the process.

Simply grab a festival branded bottle, yours to keep, and refill at one of the ice cold water points on site!

Brand new woodland arts area, Lost Eden!


Introducing our brand new woodland arts area, Lost Eden!

Wander into the forest at Kendal Calling and discover a whole new level of escapism, a world away from the main stages. Inspired by the folklore of the Eden Valley, and the mythical tribe of the stag known as the Carvetti, Lost Eden is a hotbed of inspiration and eccentricity!

With late night costumed parades, bespoke art installations, three new performance spaces and a diverse range of music, poetry and spoken word, its time to take the party to the woods! Find the full line-up here –

The Garden of Eden is back!


We are proud to be bringing the Garden of Eden to the fields. For those of you looking for a little detox time or a refresh/pamper then this is right up your street.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the festival lies the magical Garden of Eden. Make your way through the woodlands to discover an area of sanctuary nestled inside beautiful yurts – The further you delve the more serine it becomes.

One too many drinks last night? Sore feet from dancing in your wellies? Can’t last the weekend without your straighteners? Not a problem, our practitioners are on hand all weekend to offer festival goers a calm area to relax and revitalize before diving back into the energy of the festival.

Treatments include: Aromatherapy Massage | Dynamic Forearm Massage | Holistic Facials | Holistic Massage | Hopi Ear Candles | Hot Stone Massage | Indian Head Massage | On-site Chair Massage| Reflexology / Sports Massage | Swedish Massage | Thai Foot Massage | Thai Yoga Massage

Group Activities include: Yoga, Qi Gung and Meditation

BOOK NOW for early discounted treatments, most are even half price!

The Social Hairdressers

NEW for this year we are really excited to welcome The Social Hairdressers, with stylists straight from fashion weeks to the fields!


Drop in, chill out and get your on trend festival hair!

See you in the fields x

The Soapbox returns!


We’re very excited to announce that due to popular demand the Soapbox stage will return for our 10th birthday bash with a line-up bursting at the seams with a belly full of laughs and fun featuring comedy, Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing game show and twerk-tastic and latino vibes dance classes too. Read on for more info.

Gag Reflex present Comedy at the Soapbox

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt with an amazing line up of comedy booked by our friends Gag Reflex. The line-up is full of renowned and up and coming comedians from the circuit. Highlights include:

Carl Donnelly / Glenn Wool / Dan Nightingale / Justin Moorhouse / Gary Delaney / Brendon Burns / Gein’s Family Giftshop / Vikki Stone / Phil Ellis

For more info check out our line-up page.

Daily Dance Classes

This year we have some amazing dance classes so you can learn some new moves! They are all for absolute beginners and no need for a partner so no excuse not to get involved so get your dancing shows on. We have Twerk-it twerking lessons, Twerking Freestyle, Stomp & Snoop Hip Hop dance lessons, Street Dance Freestyle session, Hola Salsa!, and Latin Freestyle.

Musical Bingo

It’s just like regular bingo but instead of shouting numbers they play songs! Each round takes a different theme of song choices. Prizes are up for grabs and there’s the chance to gamble your grand prize winnings on the killer question… what will you decide?

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing is a live, interactive and fast paced game show combining classic quiz questions with nostalgic party games, giving them both a vibrant, 21st century twist. It’s a quiz like no other.  It’ll test your nerves, your skill AND your knowledge. Think an amalgamation of the Generation Game, QI and Wipeout in one… what’s not to love right!?

So if you fancy a giggle or to learn some Beyonce style grooves then get yourself to our Soapbox in the fields.

Fan to Fan Ticketing

We have teamed up with Twickets to allow ticket holders that can no longer attend the festival to sell them on to other fans at no more than the price they paid, in an effort to counter the profiteering re-sale sites which encourage ticket touting. You can trade tickets securely through our service, with payment and delivery all agreed upfront.

Sellers sell for free and buyers pay a standard booking fee of 10% of the ticket price sold for. Users must have a PayPal account to sell and buyers can purchase with all major debit / credit cards as well as PayPal too.

Simply head over to Twickets, HERE,  to Buy or Sell tickets for Kendal Calling.

Family Entertainment & Cinema Tent


Calling all families joining us in the fields… we have an abundance of entertainment for mini Kendal Callers up to adults alike. Firstly Kids Calling presents The Little Bugs Hub! We’re literally buzzing to bring festival-goers the biggest and best kids offering for our 10th birthday.

Kids are invited to the Bugs Birthday Bash where you can expect a hive of activity with workshops, games, creative performance, madcap mayhem, chill out zones and critter craft activities to boot. These include: Big Fish Little Fish (our very 1st Kids Rave!), Bug Training, Insect Olympics, a birthday bash parade, birthday cupcake decorating and much more!

Although jam-packed with entertainment Kids Calling is a welcoming area for families with children 0-10, shaded by lovely teepees and activity bell tents for under 3’s, where little ones and parents can take time out.

Tim Peaks will host Tiny Tim Peaks featuring kids TV favourite Alex Winters from CBeebies and will be full of hula hoops, giant jenga and face painting too. They’ll be a Cartoon workshop with Tony Husband and incredible crafts with ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Sew plus Andy Hunt presents a DJ’ing masterclass perfect for budding teenage DJs out there. Across site there are traditional fairground rides, Dr Zigs Bubble show, and plenty of market traders to browse with everything from sunglasses and crazy festival hats, vintage markets, Mexican wrestling masks and even a place to get your caricature portrait done!

There’s a plethora of performance art for families to enjoy too featuring Parkour workshops, Mufti Does Games with Massive Battleships and Giant Hangman which will be completely bonkers! There’s walkabout from Desperate Men with their crude crew of loveable Pirates roaming around site and Flying Buttresses present Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth providing an enchanting interactive puppetry walkabout of wonderful wanderers and Pongo, the world’s only eight foot tall baby Obobee bird accompanied by eccentric pet shop owner Bill Oddity, both loved by adults and children alike. The Marie Celestial will enable all ages to explore curiosity with a performance of aerial circus, aerobatics, dance and theatre.

This year the cinema has it’s very own tent with programming from 12 noon featuring a mixture of Hollywood blockbuster, documentaries and cult classics. For families there’s Paddington, Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Postman Pat, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Big Hero 6. There’s also Marvel’s blockbuster The Guardians of the Galaxy, Ace Ventura, Happy Gilmour, Ghostbusters and of course Indiana Jones!

Virgin Trains offer 25% discount!


We know that travelling to and from Kendal Calling can be the last thing on your mind whilst you’re getting ready for a weekend of music, arts and more so to make it a little easier for you we’ve teamed up with Virgin Trains to bring an extra special earlybird package including return train tickets, free shuttle bus to the site and a whole load of extras all for one super fixed price!

There’s 25% off travel to Kendal Calling, just jump on one of the hourly trains which will be running and then once you’re there jump onto one of the shuttle buses which will take you to the main gates of festival!

As well as this exclusive offer we are also celebrating 10 years win the fields with Kendal-ino Express! This train will run non-stop from Manchester to Penrith on Thursday to Monday. Remember although all our Thursday tickets have sold out there are still a number of tickets with the Kendal-ino Express!

Head here to find out more:


Exclusive competition & line-up additions

To be in with a chance to WIN a dream summer to Kendal Calling & our baby sister festival Forgotten Fields simply head here and share the post.

We’re very excited to announce our final headliners for Calling Out and Woodlands and some more additions to this line-up too including the release of the Bondax & Friends line-up…. Friday night Calling Out stage will be closed by none other than Gaz Coombes! Closing Calling Out on Sunday night is former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan Band. The Woodlands stage will be a feast of indie electro on Sunday with headliners The Sunshine Underground.

New addition highlights include: DJ Maribou StateKidnap Kid, Jax Jones and GradesTemples are added to the main stage too. Jesca Hoop makes a welcome return to Chai Wallah and PropellersKim Churchill,  HabitatsSecret Company and Bruising are added to Calling Out’s new music line-up.

We’re also excited for the following to be joining us in the fields too: Francisco the Man / Gramotones / New Palace Talkies / Rhain / Collectors Club / Steve Levine / Chadelics / Time For T / Cactus Knife / Loyle Carner


For the full festival line-up click here

AIF presents ‘Festival Fever’


Festival Fever, an initiative highlighting the cultural and economic impact of independent festivals.

AIF members participating in the campaign will all wear a digital badge across social media stating ‘Proudly Independent’ and we have also launched ‘AIF TV’- a dedicated YouTube channel for member events. Watch the trailer here.

You can also catch Festival Fever- We are hosting a competition for the best fan footage shot at an AIF member festival in 2014. The winner will receive an ‘Ultimate Festival Ticket’ giving them access to as many AIF member events as they can attend in 2015.

In addition, AIF are publishing various statistics which illustrate the economic impact of AIF members: including that from 2010-2014, our 50 member festivals generated an estimated £1bn for the UK economy- over £80m of which was spent along the supply chain at local business. Interestingly, 49% of those interviewed in a 2014 audience survey stated that they chose an independent festival over taking a holiday last year. 58% cite the “general atmosphere, overall vibe and character of event” as the single most important factor in attending a festival. 8.3% cite “headline acts” and 21.5% “the music generally”- illustrating the broad, multi-arts experiential offering of AIF member events!


The cream of the regions crop


Since the festival back in 2006 the ethos of the festival has always been to champion the very best of the regional talent alongside showcasing national artists. This year we’ve got some real gems that we’d like to highlight to you that will be joining us as part of our 10th birthday. There’s some familiar faces and some new acts that are making waves on the circuit that we highly recommend that you check out too.

We’re very excited British Sea Power will be returning to the festival but this time to headline the Woodlands stage, this is not to be missed! Slamboree headline Woodlands on Friday night bringing their visually stunning live show that’s sure to be a festival highlight!  A ‘ones to watch’ act are Lake Komo who we’ve had our eyes on these guys for a while and can’t wait to check them out in the fields. Previously announced Colt 45 and Kontiki Suite set for afternoon slots too and just added to the bill are yet more Cumbrian acts with Chadelics and Seven Seals. The amazing Molly Warburton returns to the festival too after her opening slot on the main stage last year.

Across the site a number of our resident DJs hail from all across Cumbria. They will be pleasuring your ears and getting you grooving along to the best beats spanning all genres. Fallback Productions, Ash Howell, Shaolin Monkey and The Raged will guarantee that you’ll be in your dancing shoes all weekend!

Record Store Day


Saturday 18th April is Record Store Day 2015, if you’ve never heard of Record Store Day before it’s where we celebrate music and in particular independent music shops. In addition to celebrating music, a number of records are pressed specifically for RSD and are only distributed to shops who take part.

Over the years we’ve had a number of amazing artists play at Kendal Calling some of whom have released incredible live tracks, edits, mixes and more for Record Store Day so we thought we’d take a look at the KC guests releases for this year!

Thursday night headliners james are releasing ‘Curse Curse (remixes)’ 12” for their first ever Record Store Day release, which features the radio edit of ‘Curse Curse’, the band chosen winner of their Remix Me competition and two professional mixes that were commissioned by Topher Jones and Embody.

Kendal Calling friend and the man behind Tim Peaks, Tim Burgess is releasing two 12” records for RSD15, ‘Like I Already Do’ and ‘Tracks Of My Past’ which we are so excited about!

All records will be available at Piccadilly Records in Manchester tomorrow so make sure you head down to grab a copy of these special releases!

Real ale festival lineup & competition!


Introducing the real ale festival line-up for our 10th Birthday celebrations!

Taking place at the Real Ale tent on site, this is truly a festival within a festival. With the Lake District famous for its pubs, incredible ales and amazing atmosphere it’s only right that connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike are all invited to come and have a taste of some of the finest beverages from some of the best local breweries including Tirril BreweryLancaster BreweryEnnerdale BreweryThe BoroughStringers BeerThe Ulverston Brewing CoOld School Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Cumbrian Legendary & Cumberland Breweries!

With each beer carefully handpicked by our very own team of ale experts, including the signature ‘Kend’ale’, visitors are really in for a treat!

Competition time, design your own beer!

What’s more, thanks to Tirril Brewery, festival goers now have the chance to design their own beer and are in with the chance to see it appear at the festival! Head over here pick the colour, strength, taste and name and your beer could be appearing on site at the Real Ale Tent.

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will be on site recruiting new members for their noble cause as well as spreading the joys of ale to the novice beer drinkers amongst the festival throng.

This year’s ale lineup:

Tirril Brewery – Old Faithful, Oh Dear, Lakeland Golden, Competition Winner

Lancaster Brewery – Blonde, Strawberry Cider, Kend’ale, Raspberry Rose

Ennerdale Brewery – Wild Ennerdale

Cumbrian Legendary – Loweswater Gold

Old School Brewery – Hopscotch

Guest Ales – Stringers (Victoria IPA), Corby (Corby Noir), Ulverston Brewing Co. (Flying Elephants, Borough (pale), Kirby Lonsdale (Singletrack)

See you in the fields!




Introducing Forgotten Fields


As well as planning our 10th birthday celebrations we have been busy on something new that we’d now like to unveil to you all… We’re going further afield and venturing down South but back to our small party roots.

Introducing our new smaller sister Forgotten Fields, a new intimate festival for just 4,000 nestled in the stunning Sussex countryside. Sign-up for our Pre-Sale, and the chance to win one of 100 free tickets!

First acts announced Wednesday 25th March, 7pm Early Bird Pre-Sale: Thursday 26th March, 9am General Release: Friday 27th March, 9am

We are SOLD OUT!


We’re humbled to announce that our 10th anniversary show has sold out 19th weeks before the show! Massive thank-you to all of you for snapping up tickets in record time.

To register your interest in tickets for the resale, which is don’e on a first come first served basis, please click here!

“Kendal Calling is all about the lovely people who attend the festival and this year you have excelled yourselves.  All the Kendal team are bowled over by your enthusiasm for this show we put on in the Lake District.  The last 10 years have been an incredible journey and whilst we continue to grow year on year, it’s always been our mission to retain the look, feel and atmosphere that makes Kendal Calling so special.  We couldn’t have done it without you so thanks from all the team and see you in the fields for what promises to be a very special 10th Birthday bash!”

Andy Smith, Festival Director

Click & Collect service from Regatta


We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Regatta who are bringing the first ever click & collect service to the festival and are giving an exclusive 50% discount on all camping packages to all festival ticket holders too!

You can pick from Regatta’s first ever ‘Camping Collection’ here  and choose to have your camping items delivered to the festival site so you don’t have to lug all your camping gear to the fields!

There will even be a team of ‘Camping Angels’ on hand at the festival to take away the stress of setting up camp.

So make your life easier and find our how you can lighten the load on your way to the fields here.

FINAL ticket warning


Grandmaster Flash, Black Rivers and the Riot Jazz stage have now been added to the lineup along with a sprinkling of additions to other stages. To view the lineup so far, click here.

In ticketing news, Ticketarena and Skiddle have now completely sold out of their allocation of tickets. The remaining tickets are now onsale with Ticketline here, so if you want to join us in the fields then you better be quick as we are about to sell out!

See you in the fields! x

The Kendalino – Start the festival at Piccadilly Station!


We have teamed up with Virgin Trains and have chartered our very own train – the Kendal-ino Express – non-stop between Manchester Piccadilly and Penrith. Departing on Thursday 30 July, returning on Monday 3 August.

On board we’ll be hosting a mini Kendal Calling featuring live performances from world famous solo beatboxer Beardyman and Black Rivers. Plus, enroute to the fields you’ll be taken on a mind-bending journey with illusions and amazing magic tricks!

As well as entertainment, there’ll be free refreshments on board and a free shuttle bus from Penrith station to the festival. After you’ve camped up, grab yourself a beer and enjoy a stellar line-up on the main stage featuring Sunset SonsBlossomsBlack Rivers and headlined by none other than Manchesters finest James – all from just £50!

Please note, the ticket link includes an option to include a Thursday ticket in your booking or to just book the travel ticket, depending on wether you have already purchased your Thursday ticket seperately.

This awesome deal is valid in conjunction with full weekend tickets.

Tickets available HERE

2015 Theme Announced!

Aside from being busy pulling together our biggest line-up to date we have been planning THE best 10th birthday party too. A birthday party isn’t really a party without a Fancy Dress theme and this year ‘Kendal Calling Goes Through The Decades’.

We cordially invite you join a party ten years in the making and help make this year the best yet. You are challenged to dress up as a character from your favourite decade. Will you be a 1920’s flapper, 60s hippy, 70s dancing queen, 80s metal-head, or a 90’s popster? Heroes, pop stars, villains and icons of film are all set to unite for a blast from the past as Kendal marks a very special birthday.

So find your inner child folks and let your imagination run wild!

Second wave of acts announced

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Hi folks,

We have released our second wave of acts, including first announcements for Glow, Chai Wallah, Tim Peaks and Woodlands with yet more to come and an exciting new venue!

As ever the Glow tent will be packed to the rafters with the finest in electronic music. Heading up the line-up are electronic duo and ‘Superstylin’ hit makers Groove Armada. They will be joined by drum and bass don Shy FX, the unique three-deck sounds of Friction, dubstep and house from Redlight and the cut and paste mashups of Jaguar Skills. 

Joining the main stage line-up are ska-punk superstars Less Than Jake, anthemic rockers Augustines, beatbox extraordinaire Beardyman, Irish folk-pop duo Hudson Taylor, Manchester psych-rockers Blossoms and the piano-led rock of Sunset Sons.

Kendal favourite Mr Scruff heads up the Chai Wallah line-up alongside OnraMelt Yourself DownRichie Campbell.

Tim Peaks returns for 2015 with a selection of Q&A’s, secret sets and special guests as well as some damn fine coffee and the best cherry pie in town. Head over there to catch intimate appearances from Prince Fatty feat HorsemanBlossomsDrohne!

The House Party hosts a hacienda special with Jon Da Silva and Dave Haslam, alongside a line up including Juicy 90’s hiphop special, Jez Kerr and more!

Finally, head over to the Woodlands Stage to catch sets from British Sea PowerSlamboree.

Full Lineup HERE!

See you in the fields x